Tuesday, June 08, 2021
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It's been a long road since the 1981 Time magazine cover story about Miami titled “Paradise Lost?” Along the way, some have felt paradise was found and lost again, but the truth is, it's in the bloody gutter. It has been for a long time – one dead Black body at a time. 

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What does director, producer, writer, professor Spike Lee, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price have in common? There are many similarities, but let’s focus on one specific issue.

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I’ll never forget the first day of my Ph.D. program. As I listened to others in my cohort, I was blown away by their intellect and accomplishments. I felt I didn’t belong and secretly, I was waiting for the program to tell me that they’d made a mistake in my admission. No matter what I had d…

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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I hope you’ve paid attention to the chatter following the “bombshell” announcement by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has decided not to seek another term this fall. Full disclosure: I have mad love for the mayor. On a number of fronts, our lives parallel: roots in Crawfordville, Ga.…

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I am responding to a recent letter to the editor in The Miami Times entitled, “Our children are dying because we have failed them.” Sadly, I, like many others, am in agreement with the writer’s opening statement regarding the ongoing devastation within our urban communities. Shootings occur …

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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Moments before three guilty verdicts in the trial of disgraced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin came down and exaltation erupted across the country, in Columbus, Ohio, 16-year old Ma’Khia Bryant was fighting for her life.

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Last week, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, then the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, stood on the House floor and vowed to continue denouncing a Republican narrative of a stolen presidential election.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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As I sit at my desk, I can’t help but notice that in a few days we will celebrate the 67th anniversary of the landmark May 17, 1954, Supreme Court decision ofBrown vs. Board of Education that led to the eventual racial integration our schools. I appreciate the work and sacrifices that my anc…

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Oklahoma became a state on Nov. 16, 1907. The newly created Legislature enacted several Jim Crow laws enforcing segregation and creating voter registration law that disenfranchised most Black residents.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021
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As a midwife in South Florida with a practice that is 85-90% Black, it was difficult to know what to say to my clients in the wake of the murder of Ma’Khia Bryant. With International Day of the Midwife on May 5, we are reminded once again that state violence is a big factor in why Black midw…

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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As I watched the Derek Chauvin verdict announcement, waves of relief washed over me. And while many around the country savored this moment of actual accountability for a bad law enforcement actor, we need to understand why the reaction has been so visceral.

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On Aug. 7, 1930, a very hot night in Marion, Ind., a mob of approximately 4,000 angry white people broke into a police station and pulled Tom Shiff out of his cell, beat him to death and then hung him on a tree. The mob then returned to the jail, grabbed Abe Smith, beat him and then tried to…

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Just when you thought tensions couldn’t get any higher as we waited for the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, Judge Peter Cahill found a way.

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America’s traumatization of Black people continued with the trial of Derrick Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who nonchalantly bore his knee into George Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes, killing the handcuffed man as bystanders pleaded for his life. Watching the proceedings evoked a…

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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You may have heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys, the Jets and the Sharks, the Capulets and the Montagues, or the Crips and the Bloods. These are all famous rivalries, some real, some fiction.

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I am not an outdoors person, but I am naturally curious and pay attention to my surroundings. Being observant satisfies my curiosities and affords me better understanding of how we creatures behave and interact.

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In the good old days, the “grand old party” of American Republicans stood for family values, welcomed immigrants and was for reducing taxes and government oversight. President Ronald Reagan, who stood in office between 1981 and 1989, and his longtime colleague, Sen. John McCain – a Vietnam W…

Tuesday, April 06, 2021
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The same Florida Legislature that is trying to criminalize civil disobedience under the cloak of “riot prevention” and is in lockstep behind Georgia's to likely pass voter suppression laws, now wants to be the arbiter of “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” on college campuses. I w…

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National Minority Health Month is celebrated during the month of April and Black America, health disparities and COVID-19 are at the forefront of pandemic news. An April 7, 2020 headline in the Washington Post read, “The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarmingly h…

In an update to last week’s Black Press USA op-ed on the George Floyd Justice in Police Act, the federal police reform bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives late Wednesday and now goes to the Senate, where it faces stiffer opposition.

CVS has a heavy footprint in Miami-Dade’s Spanish-speaking neighborhoods, in a county that is nearing 70% Hispanic. That’s why the pandering was particularly sinister when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last week, in the Hispanic-heavy city of Hialeah, that all CVS y más and the company…

Last week, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reintroduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 as protests against police brutality and lack of accountability continued. The most recent ones occurred last Tuesday in Rocheste…

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There are moments in history that are so profound that they are forever etched in your memory. For me, they include the day the last soldier came home from Vietnam in 1973; the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded before my eyes during my first week in television news in 1986; the taked…

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As the new Congress prepares to take office and members of the U.S. House and Senate make key staff hires, it’s time for careful scrutiny of the diversity reflected within the ranks of congressional staff. This is particularly true following an election in which Black voters were critical to…

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President Donald Trump has spent 307 days, almost a full year, golfing during his presidency. The total is likely to be the most golf outings of any president in history. Additionally, Trump is likely to be collectively viewed by historians as one of the worst presidents in American history.